By Guilherme Cruz
Photo Josh Hedges
Wagnney Fabiano will return to WEC’s cage on the 52nd edition of the event, but a replacement of opponents got the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt by surprise. “I don’t even care, I’ll fight anyone they pick me to… I’m glad they’ve warned me in time (laughs)”, said Wagnney to TATAME. Ready to fight on November 11, he would confront the former champion Brian Bowles, but an injury forced the American to leave the card of the event, being replaced by Joseph Benavidez, who is coming from a loss on a title fight.
“Both are good, man, but it wasn’t an easy trade for me. They’re both tops of the division and it’ll be a good fight”, analyzes the fighter, believing that a win can bring him closer to the belt of the division. “Beating him, I can’t say I’ll be the next because there’s (Urijah) Faber there now, right (laughs), but the possibility is great. In fact, what I want to do is to fight. Fighting, it’s the essential to me”, said, hoping that the crowd pleaser gets in the middle of the line on his first win.
As for the trainings and game plan, the former champion of IFL already has everything planned for the bout, one of the main events on the Las Vegas show. “The trainings is about the same, it’s actually a little better because he’s shorter, maybe I’ll work more on the stand-up game and move a lot, a thing that makes him kind of lost. I say it because of his fight with Dominick Cruz (current champion of the weight division), that beat him twice… I’ll have a good game plan, but for sure I’ll always try to take him down and catch him”, affirmed Wagnney.